Introducing the new SABR Local Grants program

SABR logoOCTOBER 20, 2021 — While we continue to celebrate SABR’s 50th anniversary this year, we are keeping a keen eye on our organization’s future and have so many exciting projects on deck. Today, we would like to share details of one of the most noteworthy programs on the horizon.

In 2022, we will deliver the SABR Local Grants program. This initiative will provide an opportunity for chapters, research committees, and chartered communities to apply for funding for their projects under SABR’s Four Pillars: Research, Scholarship, Preservation, and Future of the Game.

The Local Grants program will provide a defined mechanism for the SABR national office to assist regional and group leaders in the pursuit of passion projects. It will also allow us to see our donors’ incredible generosity at work at the local level in addition to general organizational efforts. In total, $10,000 in SABR Local Grants will be awarded in 2022!

Here’s a closer look at SABR’s Four Pillars, which will be at the core of the Local Grants program:

The Four Pillars

  • Research
    Research grant submissions should showcase the need for access to tools and/or infrastructure that will facilitate additional research on the game of baseball. Examples: Creation of a research committee database, digitization of research files/notes, support of a chapter research project.
  • Preservation
    Preservation grant submissions should showcase the need to preserve, honor, or commemorate baseball history. Examples: Grave markers for notable baseball figures, commemorative plaques for historic baseball sites, restoration, or maintenance of pre-existing baseball landmarks.
  • Scholarship
    Scholarship grant submissions should showcase the ability to share and disseminate baseball research to a broader audience. Examples: Research committee or regional research symposiums, chapter or research committee websites, tools/resources to activate local Baseball Memories programs.
  • Future of the Game
    Future of the Game grant submissions should showcase the ability to engage with high school and/or college students through baseball research. Examples: Regional or committee-focused award programs, membership marketing efforts, funding for school partnership programs.

The grant application process will open on November 1, 2021, and close on January 31, 2022. A Grants Review Board will review all submissions and respond with their final determination by February 18, 2022.

All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are eligible to apply. Individual SABR members and non-SABR groups are not eligible, so if you have an individual idea for a program grant, please follow up with your local chapter leadership or appropriate research committee to discuss an application.

We are able to establish the SABR Local Grants program because of the overall health of our organization, which we owe to the sustained support and generosity of members like you. On behalf of all the future projects this initiative will help fund, thank you!

For more details on the SABR Local Grants program, visit

Originally published: October 20, 2021. Last Updated: October 19, 2021.